EDUCRAP | IVORY TOWER RACIAL POLITICS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The ink barely had time to dry on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, before a new Ethnocrat generation had Emerilized the civil rights movement. Granted, this new civil rights law fulfilled the civil rights movement's stated goal, the one expressed so eloquently by Dr. King in his famous "Content of their character" quote because it, belatedly, bestowed racial justice on 'American's of color'. Supreme Court Justice Harlan, although a bit less eloquent, echoed Dr. King's views when he opined, "(the) Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens." ("Segregation in America". Encarta Online 2002). Noble sentiments, but with racial justice enshrined in law, Je$$e Jackson and a second Ethnocrat wave 'kicked it up a notch'. Quickly retooling their movement, these new breed Ethnocrats, deftly, switched from racial justice to racial equality, sending themselves on a Quixotean quest for an equality of results.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson laid the foundation for Je$$e and company when he perpetrated his Executive order 11246. It 'augmented the Civil Rights Act of 1964, committing the federal government to seek not "just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result." ("African America History". Encarta Online, 2002). Two years later, he added gender equality to the mix, essentially presenting Amerikan feminists with every male's nads on a silver platter. The popular name of this Presidential brain-fart is Affirmative Action, a policy that continues to segregate Amerikans based on irrelevant, immutable characteristics.

Nowhere has Affirmative Action been more divisive than it is on Amerika's college campuses. In order to understand why it causes so much turmoil, we must consider three relevant factors: college-based Affirmative Action's goals; college-based Affirmative Action's underlying assumptions; college-based Affirmative Action's unpleasant realities (a.k.a. results).

College Based Affirmative Action's Goals

In principle, racial justice in higher education should be a simple matter. Colleges must end all discrimination in college enrollment that is based on the applicant's race, ethnicity, or gender, because it violates the Constitution's equal protection under the law guarantee as set out in the 14th Amendment which reads in part: "...No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States: nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." If we implemented Affirmative Action based on Dr. King's racial justice, few would contest it, because all Amerikans should have the opportunity to acquire a college education. Evoking the 'level playing field', a racial justice-based Affirmative Action requires that all applicants be measured against a single, objective entrance criteria. (An objective criteria must, by definition, ignore essentially irrelevant factors such as race, ethnicity and gender.).

The monkeywrench that jammed the gears, bringing justice-based Affirmative Action to a grinding halt is a little goodie called 'diversity'. It reared its ugly head in 1978, during a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to collegiate Affirmative Action. Justice Lewis Powell did the evil deed when he opined that although the University of California's racial quotas were a no-no, a "diverse student body" is a "compelling interest" for higher Educrap. This simple-minded dose of Shyster-eze opened Pandora's box and unleashed an "equality of results" on college-based Affirmative Action. Thanks to Justice Powell, colleges must increase the minority group college student population, because a diversity of skin pigmentation, automatically, magically, enhances the learning experience. More than anything else, this is the goodie that turned racial justice into this irrational, census-driven quest for equal results.

College Based Affirmative Action's Underlying Assumptions

When it comes to assigning blame for racial injustice - racial inequality - the brass ring goes to unhyphenated white males. At the pinnacle of the underlying assumptions pyramid is this crowning jewel: American colleges have too many white males. Ask any Ethnocrat and they'll insist, with table pounding fervor, that the properly-hyphenated are entitled - due to ongoing, white male oppression - to a spot in America's top universities, regardless of their academic ability and/or accomplishments. Blacks, in particular, should be given access to higher Educrap because they endured relentless, white male oppression for 300 years (slavery, Jim Crow, etc.). In order to collect on this overdue bill, blacks require greater access to higher Educrap, by any means necessary. This underlying assumption can be summed up quite easily: white males need not apply.

Inexplicably, Asians get tarred with the same brush that Ethnocrats use to 'black out' Whitey. To the intellectual flat-liners driving the short bus called 'Affirmative Action', Asians are a privileged minority who do not qualify for Affirmative Action. For all practical intents and purposes, Asians are white males in disguise and should be treated accordingly. In reality, this Asian exclusion is based on Asian students' great success in higher Educrap, a fact that might explain why, to date, no Ethnocrat has come close to this touchy subject. Even those race card warriors know that there is no way, logically or historically, to tie Asians to slavery, Jim Crow or centuries-long black oppression. Taking all this into account, we must modify our underlying assumption to read: white males need not apply and you Asians move to the back of the line.

Diversity produces the most pernicious assumptions. A diversity based on immutable human traits reigns as the be-all, end-all, for an enhanced learning environment. Skin-deep diversity exterminates individualism-based notions perpetrated by white males...outdated notions that venerate an individual's knowledge, experiences, talents, deficiencies, beliefs and interests. Instead, race-based diversity proclaims that all (fill -in-the-name of any minority group) are intellectually and philosophically identical. That's why a diverse student population is achieved in a 'one from column black, one from column brown' manner that ignores everything except the desired immutable human trait. This is a blatantly racist attitude. This makes as much sense as claiming that all size twelve shoe wearers think alike, but are vastly different from all size eleven's. This mindset proclaims that all the important elements for each human are issued at birth, and that nothing that individual has done since birth contributed to who or what that individual is. In its minority-focused advertising literature, one prominent Amerikan University comes right out and spews this 'all blacks think alike' drivel, by including the phrase "the expression of black ideas and goals". Black ideas? Since when does skin pigmentation confer a specific set of ideas on all those born with it. I seriously doubt that Maxine Waters and Larry Elder have an identical set of 'black ideas'.

Ivory Tower based diversity dimwits, apparently, believe that academic ability/achievement is not volitional; it is evenly distributed across racial, ethnic and gender lines. Since academic aptitude is, in a universe free from white male oppression, distributed among the college applicants in exact, U.S. Census data proportions, a properly diverse student body matches exactly, to as many decimal points as you want to measure, the population at large. A student population that deviates from census proportions proves, conclusively, the college's institutional racism. If, for reasons known only to them, a critical mass of melanin-enriched denizens of a given state picked up their toys and left for another state, does that require the same percentage of melanin-enriched students to quit school? Enquiring minds want to know.

Ethnocrats bleat that standard tests, grades and all other objective academic criteria are intrinsically racist. They are, according to Ethnocrat zealots, a plot perpetrated by those dastardly white males to deny the properly-hyphenated their rightful place in Amerika's colleges and universities. Although they cite the SAT and other standardized tests as 'inherently racist', Ivory Tower based Educrats - many of them lily white - infer that black and brown Americans are, inherently, inferior so they require a relaxed entrance criteria. Since they can't achieve academic excellence on their own merit, these tragically-deficient minority applicants require 'special consideration'. Undeterred by the fun fact that, to date, nobody has found a shred of racial bias in the SAT...any standardized test...the Ethnocrats continue to dumb down the college application process, reducing it to what an objective observer must deem: Ivory Tower perpetrated racial profiling.

College Based Affirmative Action's Unpleasant Realities

Shouting from the very top of their Ivory Towers that a diverse student body enriches the learning experience for all the students, minority and 'majority' alike, college administrations do everything in their power to encourage their minority students to 'self segregate'. According to a September 2002 report by the New York Civil Rights Coalition:

'...Through color-coding, today's institution of higher education have done a disservice to both minority and majority students. Segregated housing, course, and programs disseminate poisonous stereotypes and falsehoods about race and ethnicity. They limit interaction between minority and majority students and reward separatist thinking. By discouraging whites and, sometimes, Asians from minority-specific programs, they deny equal interaction on campus. Although they claim to have minorities' interest at heart, these colleges in fact take the civil rights movement giant steps backward.' ("The Stigma of Inclusion: Racial Paternalism/Separatism In Higher Education" NYCRC September 9, 2002).

Ivory Tower self-segregation is widespread, entrenched on virtually all Amerikan campuses. The most common forms include:

Separate freshmen orientation for each minority group;

Separate graduation for each minority group;

Separate, racially-exclusive housing, cultural centers, fraternities, sororities and student groups for each minority group.

Certain minority group-specific courses, overtly exclude anyone from a different group. Students are even assigned 'color-coordinated' adult and student advisors, matching up a black student with a black upperclassman and a black faculty advisor. Try any of this crap for Whitey and you could hear their screaming on Jupiter.

Proving that the law of unintended consequences even works on campus, the big winner in the Affirmative Action sweepstakes turns out to be females - especially white females. According to U.S. Department of Education data, male college enrollment plunged to 40% nationwide, and it will continue to fall for the foreseeable future. That's why MBA programs, law schools and medical schools are predominantly female. These educationally deprived NO-NAD's receive 151 college diplomas for every 100 dudes. White males are 37% of the population and 32% of Amerikan college students, making them slightly 'underrepresented' on Amerikan campuses, not that anyone gives a flaming rip. Whoever said 'It's a man's world' hasn't visited his local college campus lately.

The most telling result stemming from all this well-intentioned Ivory Tower imposed racial profiling is a sad fact that nobody wants to discuss. Minority students who - despite less than stellar test scores - were 'fast tracked' into top universities drop out in alarming numbers, because they can't cope with the demanding course material. This is an avoidable tragedy, especially when it happens in a crushing academic environment like Berkeley, Stanford or any other top school. That same minority student might thrive at a school better matched to his/her academic standing. A degree from Berkeley or Stanford isn't, invariably, the fast track to success any more than a similar degree from a mainstream college dooms you to obscurity. If you've got what it takes, you'll succeed, no matter which Ivory Tower's name appears on your diploma.

There's one final unpleasant reality lurking out there, in the not so distant future. Some predict that Affirmative Action will lead to an unbridgeable racial chasm. Perhaps, but nobody can say that with any meaningful degree of certainty. On the other hand, based on prevailing enrollment trends, a white male child born in 2003 will be denied access to a college education, when he graduates from high school. By the time this white male comes of age, colleges will be well over 80% female, with the remainder made up from what Uncle Sam calls 'recognized minorities'. Despite this, the specter of the 'great white bigot' will continue haunt the properly-hyphenated whiners, because there's no such thing as enough payback when it comes to perceived oppression.

We've come a long way from Dr. King's bold vision of colorblind racial justice, a vision in which one is judged by the content of his character, not the color of his skin. We've come a long way, in the wrong direction. Dr. King's 20th century 'dream' has become our 21st century nightmare.

– T.D. Treat

 
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